Toyota rolls out the new Venza – Wheels.ca

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Toyota rolls out the new Venza

to Toyota, its new Venza is not a car, wagon, or SUV.

Instead, the says its latest unibody vehicle has no direct competitors in the #8230; It is a new kind of vehicle a segment buster.

Then admits that in developing the it looked at the sport-utility vehicle and car and took the best from Essentially, it formulated the standard equation that companies Audi to VW have already

So while the Venza looks, and feels like a CUV, wants new-car buyers to it a car plus.

Marketing semantics owners of the first-generation Highlander (a that between 2001 and helped establish the term as part of the English lexicon) no doubt recognize the Camry-based for what it really is: a direct to five-passenger CUVs such as the Edge, Honda CR-V, CX-7, Nissan Murano and VW

Just as the original Highlander a gap between the compact Toyota and the larger 4Runner, in Toyota#039;s CUV lineup, the Venza slots in underneath today#039;s second-generation (Enlarged last year, the can seat up to seven and now competes larger crossovers like the Pilot and Mazda CX-9 many others.)

On sale in January 2009, the Venza be available with front- or drive, and four- or six-cylinder A new six-speed automatic is the sole

So now that you have the lowdown on the Venza really is (i.e. a how does it stack up in today#039;s CUV segment?

For now, Toyota is a base model FWD four-cylinder that will start at $30,000.

That#039;s more than the $27,575 Tiguan and $27,790 but in line with the sportier CX-7. Loaded AWD V6 Venzas be nearer to the $40,000 mark – way than Nissan#039;s top-line Murano LE AWD.

The Venza#039;s and fuel economy are also de rigueur for this class.

Its is a 2.7-litre 182 hp unit also in other Toyotas. As is the available V6, which boosts horsepower up to Towing capabilities range 1,133 kg with the four-cylinder to 1,587 kg with the V6 Venza like the 2001-07 Highlander).

consumption ratings are as low as 10.6 km in the city, and 6.8 L on the highway for a FWD four-banger which puts it on par with a Models with a V6 sip at a rate of L in the city and 6.8 L on the highway, making it a bit than a V6 Murano.

Toyota is making a big deal out of the three rear seats, rear legroom.

They 60/40, and can recline up to 14 degrees the vertical. Legroom at 993 mm is generous. But an has 13 mm more.

One thing you will is the Venza#039;s wide, low stance and wheels. It doesn#039;t sit tall, as if to get dirty in a mud bog. The impression wants to leave is that the will drive even car-like than other

In this regard, the Venza stand out. During our drive in the early snow of Pennsylvania, the way the Venza goes the road is quite impressive.

agreed to a publication embargo on impressions requested by Toyota – so I can#039;t tell you the why or how impressive the is to drive. But if you can imagine a blend the overt sportiness of a CX-7 and the relaxed nature of an Edge, pretty close.

Though it#039;s less of a buster than Toyota you to believe, the Venza does some fresh interior to the CUV class, as well as Toyota#039;s

The new vehicle obviously benefits a shared development with the new RX luxury crossover (set to at the Los Angeles Auto Show month). In fact, the Venza with what is arguably the refined, well thought out and interior Toyota has ever

First off, for easier – and fewer dry cleaning bills dirtied pant legs – worked hard to make the rocker panels as low as a Camry.

The dash mounted gear is also no gimmick. It#039;s in alignment with the natural arc of a driver#039;s right hand from the wheel. It quickly natural and intuitive to use in manual mode – it#039;s one of those why anyone else done before? epiphanies.

Honda, which currently has its sea of theme in various Honda and models, needs to look at the centre stack design, it tilted forwarded for better lines and access. Audio, and ventilation controls have all logically separated, with getting their own unique

Fit and finish is exemplary, as is the use of different throughout the Venza#039;s interior.

exterior styling is new for Toyota, and a look the company says set the design direction for future Based on the Toyota FT-SX car unveiled at the 2005 Detroit Show, the new vehicle moves from the automaker#039;s … look (see RAV4,

Toyota said Venza#039;s was inspired from architecture. Whoever designed the Edge at Ford, though, deserves credit as well.

Whatever you think of its looks, the could add to Toyota#039;s sales in this country.

While automakers are crying the blues, marked Toyota Canada#039;s record-selling month in a row: up per cent to 18,062.

Brand new like the Venza traditionally do in new-car showrooms. So as a fresh right down the middle of the CUV it#039;s hard not to think it won#039;t steal a few RAV4 or sales.

It#039;s not characteristic for to go rogue and break any moulds. If the low, wide, stylish and Venza represents a slow back to cars from utilitarian vehicles.

Just call it a crossover.

Travel was to freelance writer John by the auto maker editors@straight-six.com

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